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The FIFA World Cup in numbers

Who has the most titles, the highest average age in the squad and the highest number of goals scored?

The 2022 World Cup takes place in Qatar, which becomes the first country in the Middle East to host the biggest soccer event.

Brazil is the most successful team in the tournament’s history, having won the event five times.

Here are some more statistics and figures on the history of the World Cup:

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twenty: There have been 20 World Cup tournaments since the inaugural competition in 1930.

32: There are 32 teams competing in eight pools at this year’s event.

80: Qatar will become the 80th team to play in a World Cup.

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Qatar is estimated to have spent $230 billion on preparations for the World Cup [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

8: Only eight countries have lifted the trophy. Brazil have won five times, while Germany and Italy have four titles each. Argentina, France and Uruguay have each won the World Cup twice, while England and Spain have each won once.

80,000: The capacity of the Lusail Stadium, which will host the Qatar 2022 final.

2.6: Average goals per game during the 2018 Russia World Cup.

6: The host country has won the World Cup six times.

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27.7: Average age of Argentina squad, oldest average from Qatar 2022.

24.5: Average age of US squad, youngest average at Qatar 2022.

5 billion: People, more than half of the planet’s population, are expected to tune in to watch this year’s World Cup.

334,000: Population of Iceland, the smallest country to qualify for a World Cup (2018).

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13: Just Fontaine of France holds the record for the most goals scored in a single World Cup, with 13 goals in 1958.

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56: The number of seconds played before Uruguayan José Batista was sent off in his 1986 match against Scotland for his brutal foul against Gordon Strachan. The fastest expulsion in the history of the World Cup.

sixteen: Most World Cup goals scored by a single player, Germany’s Miroslav Klose, in a span of four tournaments between 2002 and 2014.

11,581: The area, in square kilometers, of Qatar. Similar in size to the New York City metropolitan area, Qatar is the smallest country to host the World Cup.

$44 million: The prize money for the winners of the World Cup in Qatar.

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